Friday, 27 December 2013

I Have Been Digitized.

I always thought that, with the exception of textbooks, nothing could beat a real paper book so I had little interest in e-books except for books that were impossible to find, (i.e. The Dark Crystal novelization.) which I had been reading on my iPhone. I figured that if I went to get an e-reader I'd just get an iPad, because it's an all-in-one device.

I received a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas.

It was quite an unexpected gift and I was grateful, but I admit I approached it with some trepidation. It wasn't overly fancy, with a simple grey-scale display. I moved my books that I had on my phone onto my new Kindle. After 10 minutes of playing with my new Kindle the day I got it, I have been converted to the wonder of e-readers.

I plowed through my Goodreads to read list and my Amazon wishlist and bought books! I bought so many books! I even bought some books from writers who spend time on Absolute Write. I think I even read faster. I devoured the disappointing A Child Called 'It' in about a day and a half.

Yesterday I made my first note regarding the book I was reading. While on the bus.

But I have to draw the line somewhere.

There are books that I refuse to have digitally. There are books that, if you've only read the e-book version, I truly feel you're missing something. I will list them now.

First and foremost, the number one book that you absolutely cannot read the e-book version and authentically say you've read this book is HOUSE of Leaves. This book is interactive. If you can't see the pages that are slightly bigger than the cover, or feel the labyrinth embossed on the cover, or see the shocking bright red text, or the purple text, or the little green check mark, or turn the book upside down, or notice that page numbers are missing, or flip rapid-fire through the pages during the climax, you haven't experienced this novel. You simply haven't. Don't waste your time. Invest in the amazing full colour soft-cover kick-ass version, or just pass the story by.

The second is Clive Barker's Mister B. Gone. I can't really describe why that is without giving spoilers, but the whole conceit of the book works only in paper and binding form.

World War Z by Max Brook. Now, I'm kind of on the fence about this one. One thing I loved about WWZ was that it felt like a history text book. I read the hard-cover version and I felt like I was reading a possible history. However, if there really was a zombie outbreak, e-books would probably be easier to produce and need less resources than actual books. So this one is 50/50. Both options work.

John Dies At the End by David Wong. I'm biased with this one. I just love my copy of JDatE so much. I love the way the paperback feels. It's light and airy and malleable. It's just such a well-produced book. I can completely imagine reading this as an e-book but it feels like it would miss some atmospheric awesomeness. But that's probably just my take on it.

But I'm dead serious about HOUSE of Leaves.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Book Review: A Child Called "It" by David Pelzer

A Child Called A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Just as an aside, for the purposes of this review, I'm going to presume this book was indeed truthful, a fact that has been disputed for a long time. I have my doubts, but for now let's just say it was.

Oh, boy...

I've wanted to read this book for years, ever since I saw it on TV. Probably Oprah or something like that. It wasn't worth the wait.

This book had no follow-through. It was a laundry list of facts about his alleged abuse. "One day mom slapped me and punched me and kicked me until my nose bled twice. Once after school she made me lay in a bath tub filled with freezing cold water for hours. Then she made me sit on my hands in the garage. Once there were rocks on the step when I had to sit for hours."

"One night mom went into labour."

Wait, she was pregnant? Who's the father? When did this happen? What? She's making chlorine gas while pregnant?! Yes it's the 70's but come on!

"One day my dad didn't stick up for me and I hated him forever after that. One day my dad let me play with my baby brother. One day dad just left us and I felt betrayed. One day dad helped me with the dishes."

Was that before or after he didn't stick up for you?

This happened then this happened then this happened then this happened.

We never understand or are given a reason as to why Mom suddenly snapped. There was no progression. One day she was perfect doting mother, and the next she was a sadistic, abusive drunk. I know that this was all through the eyes of a child but you're an adult now, Pelzer! You have tools like comprehension of mental sickness, hide-sight, analysis. I'm not saying forgive, or excuse, but Pelzer, you don't have a 11 year old's mindset anymore. Wouldn't you want to know why?

I was born with several birth defects, and I wrote a still unfinished comic about it as a way to cope. I never finished it because it was written like this book.

This happened then this happened then this happened then this happened...

That's not the way to tell an evocative story like this. We need to know the characters, we don't need a fact sheet.

I'm probably not going to read the next book.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

I Think That Fixed It...

I spent good chunks of this week working on DO NOT TAMPER WITH..., trying to get everything working once again. I was afraid I'd have to find a new theme, because Arjuna-x was old and failing me. But thankfully someone reworked Arjuna-x into a new upgrade called Jishnu. Thank you! You are a life-saver!

I let Deleted-Scenes laps because I'm no longer interested in maintaining the sites. I notified the users, but yes, Deleted-Scenes no longer exists, nor do the fanfiction archives. I still have the actual stories though so if you want them, contact me.

It's all part of downsizing. I'm even considering pulling Elven Lacryment and FRIENDS 4 EVER off their (sub)domains and dragging them to proper. But...effort.

I've also been victim of brute force attacks so I spent today upgrading to a better security plugin. If there are any problems, again, let me know.

I think everything's clean now. I was having some hijacking/redirecting problems for users visiting from their phones so, after testing with my own phone and no sign of redirects. I even googled myself to make sure things were clean because sometimes when I linked in Facebook, the url would look spammy. I think I'm good now.

This post is mostly just a test to make sure everything's working right.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Caution: Hard Hat Area

Once again, DO NOT TAMPER WITH... vomited all over itself and I had to fix things. So things look imperfect right now, but will be fixed within the next few days.

For now you can go to My Tumblr or Twitter for status updates and your source for all things Q.

Thanks for the patience.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tiny Update

This is going to be a tiny post, mostly for my own nostalgia. I like to keep records of landmarks.

This particular landmark? Yesterday after having several people look it over, I submitted Project 10X10. Then this morning I figured out something I could have added. Because isn't that always the way?

Now, as usual, we play the waiting game. I should hear something from the publisher by mid-January. Until then, we wait.

What shall I do while I wait? Probably poke NEXT TO GODLINESS and drink tea.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Art: Camazotz by Coffinberry

Coffinberry is doing $25 commissions again. I couldn't turn down the chance of a CB style Camazotz in a corset. Because really, who could?
Want one of your own? Click here.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Well, Now I'm Bored

Since the first draft of Project 10X10 is officially done and I'm just waiting for my critters to go through it and get back to me, and NEXT TO GODLINESS is in submissions limbo I've had time to realize something.

I have nothing to write, and I am so bored!

Okay, that's not true. It's only been two days, it's not like I've languished wordlessly for months or anything. Sure, I could pay more attention to Elven Lacryment or focus on the re-write of Project C, for which I have some new ideas that I'm actually quite excited about, but...for the time being I'm just...bored.

Or maybe bored isn't the right word. Maybe I'm...restless?

Case in point: This is the third time this week I've updated my blog. How often do I even do that when it's not a meme?

The other day I took a break from editing the format errors in Project 10X10 and spent something like five hours making some hypothetical book covers. Because my brain processed the passing thought that "Now would be a perfect time to self-publish Blood in the Water Q!". It felt good to do some art. Really good. I needed that. Badly.

But, now that random Blood in the Water urge has passed and I should really work on something new.

Maybe tomorrow (today, it's 1 a.m. as I type this.) I'll take the Project C protagonist out for a spin.

But he and I both know I probably won't.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Finishing Touches

Yesterday afternoon I completed the first draft of Project 10x10. Five days before my original self-imposed deadline, and 15 days before my bottom line deadline. It clocked in at 9,819 words. Atta girl, Q!

And then I indulged in the I Just Completed Something feeling for about an hour before sending it off to my beta readers. I was all set to send it off, and then I noticed a problem...

I had mentioned in my last post that I typed Project 10x10 in a font other than Courier New, which is what I tend to type all my manuscripts in. I actually typed most of Project 10x10 in Tempus Sans ITC because there's something very...carved-in-the-rocks about that font to me. Earthy.

Unfortunately I didn't realize that Tempus Sans doesn't format well in Open Office. Once I switched the font to Courier New, my manuscript was missing closing quotes, or changed letters into periods and other strange things. So I went about fixing that.

I also went about fiddling with my website. Something was hacked so I had to un-hack it. Then I got distracted by TV. My DVR was bloated with neglected programming. It required a purging.

I'm half-way through fixing the 10k manuscript of all these glitches, and I'll hopefully finish it today. Then I will send it out to be shredded by people I trust.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Tools & Toys of the Trade

About three weeks ago, I got myself a new treat. Behold:
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"]"It's the little things in life."[/caption]

It's been a while since I've written with paper and pen and I've been meaning to get a notebook to dump in my various bags and backpacks but I always wanted one that just screamed me. You know the kind. A nice hard leather cover with a magnet latch and a little ribbon bookmark.

But my frugal nature, combined with never finding one that I adored finally pointed me in the direction of this simple notebook. Everything's cheaper with the school year starts anew.

Here's a closer look, plus a nice eye-full of the chicken-scratch and scribbles I call "my writing."

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"]"Yes I can read that. Can you?"[/caption]

Last night I was up until 1:30am writing in this little book, jotting down notes and a rough outline for a project I've been working on since July or August. 10,000 words, an exercise in world building. Let's call it Project 10x10 because I initially wanted to finish it by October. 10K by the 10th month. And then I bumped my self-imposed deadline to Oct 10th.

Luckily, Of course, the subject matter of Project 10x10 lends itself well to the organic feel of paper and pen, too. So that helps. In fact, until I got this book, I was virtually stalled at 3,000 words for days. I tried listening to music, I tried RP, I tried changing my font to one that was more organic looking, but nothing really worked. But I got the book, and while waiting for the bus, I wrote. Words came. They became scenes. So what I forced myself to do was write a paragraph in the book, then type out said paragraph, then go back to writing in the book.

Project 10x10 has actually been one of the most difficult writing tasks I have ever undertaken. I feel a lot of pressure. I am painfully aware of other people writing for Project 10x10 and I feel sometimes that my plot or characterization is stale. But while it's a subject I know oodles about and feel comfortable with, there's tonnes of research to delve into, and my brain can only hold so much info before I become overwhelmed.

I've said writing Gods is like herding cats, but Project 10x10 is like...being the darkest sloth in the sloth exhibit. You're a sloth, people wait to watch you do something, but there are cuter sloths too.

But last night my brain flooded with ideas that I had to get down lest I forget them, and I've written out a outline for places Project 10x10 can go if they like my 10k sample.

And without my new book, I would have had to get out of bed, hop one legged over to my laptop, been dazzled by the sudden light of the screen, and disgruntled, typed out these half-formed thoughts.
So, thank you book. Another purchase without a hint of buyer's remorse.

Sometimes all we need are the right tools to create perfect art.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Book Review - Arkham Asylum: Madness by Sam Kieth

Arkham Asylum: MadnessArkham Asylum: Madness by Sam Kieth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this way back in March I think, but read it on Sunday during a power outage. How appropriate.

Sabine is a nurse who works at Arkham Asylum and picks up a 24 hour shift. Will the stifling madness get to her? Will the Joker? Or is it just another 24 hours?

It's refreshing to have a Batman book without Batman in it. Seriously, he's mentioned maybe once. By a child. This certainly isn't a Batman story. This is an Arkham Asylum story. It's what it says on the label.

So, you all know I'm a huge Sam Kieth fan, I've read some of his other Batman books, Scratch, Batman: Secrets, Batman/Lobo (Mental note: Read more Lobo, I always enjoy Lobo when I read him.), Batman: Through the Looking Glass, along with myriad of his original works, so I know what to expect when it comes to Kieth.

This was sort of a mixed bag. The story is full of Sam Kieth tropes. Troubled women, troubled lesbians, weak women who aren't really weak, animal death, onomatopoeia that symbolize insanity and so forth.

I found myself comparing AA:M Joker to Batman: Secrets Joker and in all ways, I prefer Secrets when it comes to The Joker. The way Kieth wrote and rendered Mister J in Secrets was off-the-wall, sadistic, freaky, creepy, and wacky. This Joker is just ugly. I mean that in the nicest way possible. But he's too...subtle, too beefy. There were no real interesting puns or turns of phrase, opting instead for an Antiques Roadshow call out. And his big revelation? I've seen it done better in HBO's OZ.

By contrast, Harley was written really, really well. She was dark, strong, snarky, and tough. Also, I liked her design. Kieth did it before the New 52, and Kieth did it better.

Speaking of, the art was also sort of hit-and-miss. You could see the framework of Kieth's figures, errant pencil lines that were meant to be erased but never were. Character design choices were also a little questionable. Scarecrow and Two-Face were just...odd. You're drawing Arkham, go crazy! Literally!

On the other hand, there are some positively amazing painted works, Killer Croc is breath-taking in scope and weight but there's also a sort of grace. And there's a cute panel of Harley cuddling Ivy.

After having time to reflect on the ending, I think I liked it. It has a sort of ominous feeling that leaves me wondering how long Sabine will live with her choices before she regrets it.

Good things, not so good things, but it looks good on my shelf, so that's something.

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Absolute Write August Blog Chain: Hellspawn

Once again I'm taking part in the Absolute Write Blog Chain. This month's topic: Child of the Devil.

The post before me is Arcticshark and after me is Meowzbark

I've been writing my personal "dark side" character NecroRaver a lot lately. Group storytelling  (*cough Role play cough*) and all that. When I first created him way back in ...2001 I think, I decided that all the drugs and his frail body would render him impotent.

That didn't last long.

The beautiful thing about role playing/group storytelling  is that almost everything is flexible and nothing is set in stone. Anything, anytime, can just be hand-waved as a "What if...?"
And so, NecroRaver has fathered quite the brood. Usually you can tell they're his by their eyes or hair. It's usually the one trait of his own he passes on.

In the rear outskirts of Necropolis is the No Man's Land. That is where the Lost Boys, the abandoned bastards of the city survive. There are two factions, one which is controlled by Rynard, the Fox, a savage, red-headed brute. It's not for certain that he's NecroRaver's brat, but because of his ability to command people, there's a strong suspicion that he is. No one knows who his mother is, not even NecroRaver.

But in the other faction there's a sort of soothsayer. A fortuneteller and Necro's oldest. Her name is Lilloette. She tends to wander around the No Man's Land, where she feels the safest. Necro nearly never mentions her, and will not give the identity of her mother, though he knows full well who the woman is. If harm comes to Lil, Necro takes care of the villain personally, and in the worst ways he can think of. Lil has his eyes.

The third and fourth are the D'Arcy twins, Vincent and Christine. When pregnant, their mother Claire fled Necropolis and lived as a nun, but unfortunately Vincent was abused by the priests. NecroRaver found them at a church and invited them back to his city. Chrissy started calling him "Skeleton Man" and Vince just didn't like him much. Oddly, since NecroRaver didn't care about the kids in a parental sense, he was the most open with them, giving them jobs in his city and trusting them with sensitive information. Chrissy was an assistant to Puzzle, the surgeon of Necropolis until she became a broadway star, and Vince became a lieutenant and enforcer in the city. Vince looked very much like Necro, and Chrissy like her mother but they both had miss-matched eyes, one very dark brown brown, one green.

Nicole is a young woman who looks eerily like NecroRaver. He will not divulge the identity of the mother, but she is under Chrissy's care and lives away from Necropolis.

Eventually my narcissistic druggy hedonist...fell in his version of love. An heiress to a German mob, Erin Koertig was even sicker and more disturbed than him. He fell for the horrible revenges she concocted, and she was juuuust this side of legal. And she was very poised, driven and cunning. So, his lust became a very twisted love. A love which produced Max Koertig. Max looks like a good blend of his parents. Soft black hair, but his mother's hazel eyes and freckles. He's the worst of his parents. Unless of course he's an infant. NecroRaver liked him best as an infant. He could tell Max anything in those years. Also they had a shared affinity for poop jokes. Because of his love for Erin, he initially wanted to distance himself from Max, should his enemies use Max to get to him. But in many, many "What if...?" scenes, that never turns out well.

Finally, there's Xin, a child he accidentally fathered with Gail Ng, his Number One/Partner In Crime/Student/Master/Confidant/Spokes-Person/Mouthpiece/Liaison/Representative. She grew up with the pulse of Necropolis lulling her to sleep in her crib and the city is all she knows. Xin tries to be ruthless, violent and without remorse like her father but deep down she's a genuinely good person and very, very soft.  She just wants love and respect, but she has a few surprises hidden up her leather and lace sleeves.

As stated a few times, a lot of these kids are results of "What if...?" and so some of them actually exist in Necropolis' canon, and some don't. So, I ask you, reader: Which do you think are real and which do you think are just larks?

I've been wanting to gush about Necro's offspring for a while now, and AW let me do it! HUZZAH! Now go enjoy other Spawns of Satan posts. The dark lord commands it.

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Friday, 2 August 2013

30 Day Comic Book Challenge Days 29 & 30

Day 29 - A comic you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.

Lobo Vs The Mask. It's insane. It's...indescribably insane. Just. Insane.

Day 30 - Your favourite run or series of all time.
Come on. You know the answer to this. Say it with me boys and girls!

Well, finally done. It took over a month and nothing new was uncovered. The answers were predictable and trite. HUZZAH!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Friday, 19 July 2013

30 Day Comic Book Challenge Days 21-28

Day 21 - Favourite writer.
...Warren Ellis. Even his blog posts and tweets are a source of joy

Day 22 - A comic book second volume which disappointed you.
The Darkness.
While the winding down of the first volume of The Darkness was getting the rails stupid, and the comic was ALWAYS stupid, I found that Volume 2 lost all it's humour and charm and was just drudge-drudge-drudge so I dropped it after...3 or so issues.
Or maybe I just grew up.

Day 23 - Your favourite artist.
Sam Kieth.
Then a second-place tie with Joe Mad! and Chris Bachalo.
The first time I was aware of Joe Mad! it was with this image of Blink.

I had been aware of Bachalo since Generation X of course, but also I saw how he suddenly evolved in the X-Men comics around issue 350 of Uncanny X-Men.

Honourable Mentions: Roman Dirge (Lenore, Monsters in my Tummy), Serena Valentino(Nightmares & Fairytales), and Ashley Wood (Pick something he's done.)

Day 24 – dream character team up.

Day 25 - A book you plan on reading.
Just one? Impossible.
Chew, Umbrella Academy, The Molting, The Authority, The Boys, Hollow, Avenger's Academy...

Day 26 - A comic you wish they would make into a movie.
Transmetropolitan! Please please please please please please!

Day 27 - Favourite comic book movie.
Sin City
...That implies I liked it more than The Dark Knight, which I don't. But I don't consider The Dark Knight to be a comic book movie. Sin City is just so very faithful to the books, you see...

Day 28 - Favourite comic publisher.
I don't have a favourite. I go by actual comic, not publisher.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Art: Myles McCarthy Flier

Myles McCarthy flier by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART

For my nephew. He wanted a pop-art vibe.

Check out his music at

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Admitting it is the First Step to A Solution...

When I was a young, lower-case Q, I told myself "If I ever make a thing, I'm not going to have a romance in it. Everything has an obligated romantic interest! Not me! I'm going to buck the trend!"

I started Elven Lacryment and a one-sided romance started to pop up, and...I'm running with it.

Also I wrote Project C and the protagonist gets a romantic interest.

Amethyst Breed has a cast of teenagers, hormones will fly all over the place so of course there will be romantic interests. If I ever get off my butt and dig it out of the trunk again.

Blood In the Water has a few romantic couples but they were couples before the story so that doesn't count. So far Blood In the Water is the only one staying true to my convictions.

And then there's Next to Godliness. Love and lust is everywhere in this thing. It's a driving motivator and manipulator for many characters. Love triangles, love squares, love dodecahedrons, love potions, love enchantments, Stockholmey love, Big Damn Hero love, unrequited love, I-love-my-best-friend love, Ours-is-a-forbidden-love-and-that-is-why-we-are-in-love love...

Near the end of writing it, I realized the running theme seemed to be "Horrible things will be done in the name of Love."

I have broken down the cold callous stone walls around my heart and embraced the tragedy of love. Since I am now actively submitting Next to Godliness to publishers, I've expanded my list to include romance publishers.

So, let's see how this strategy works out. Show some love, eh?

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Hashtag Blog Post Dot Com

I'm not big on things like NaNoWriMo and I almost never take part in Blog Hops. But last night I took part in #PitchMAS on Twitter and it was fun and mildly exciting.

I focused mainly on NEXT TO GODLINESS and a bit on BLOOD IN THE WATER. Just for the heck of it I tossed out one pitch for PROJECT C. Sadly I didn't get any bites from agents or publishers but it was fun. Some pitches that showed up seemed amazing stories which I'd love to read while others just made me go "...really?"

Below are the Tweets:






And my personal favourite, the finale:

Will I do it, or something like it again? Yea verily!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

30 Days Comic Book Challenge Days 14-20

Day 14 - Current (or most recent) comic-themed wallpaper.
My own art is my desktop wallpaper, but my wallpaper on my old cellphone was a trading card of The Maxx sent to me courtesy of my friend Ason.

Day 15 - A Picture from the comic you’re reading right now.

Yes, I'm still reading Transmetropolitan. I'm slow. I'm on book 9 though so I'm almost done!

Day 16 - Funniest comic book/comic book scene.
Deadpool. I can't think of a certain scene at the moment, there are far too many.

Day 17 - Most useless Villain.

But he's still awesome.

Day 18 - Favourite B-list character.

She probably counts as C or D list, but I love her.

Day 19 - Comic book city/universe you wish you lived in.
My favourite is Gotham City but I have no desire to live there.

Day 20 - Favourite super power or skill.
Healing factor. Being chronically ill will do that to a girl. The only down side is living while all your loved ones die around you. Also, boredom.

Friday, 5 July 2013

The Diabolical Next to Godliness Plan (And Some Project C Thoughts, & Status Updates...)

I have a plan for unleashing NEXT TO GODLINESS upon the world.

In October 2012 I submitted NEXT TO GODLINESS to the Harper Voyager Open Submission Call. I also submitted PROJECT C. Harper Voyager rejected one of the submissions but did not clarify which one. I choose to believe they rejected PROJECT C and that NEXT TO GODLINESS is still under consideration.

Now, the exclusive period for Harper Voyager has passed and in May 2013 I got off my butt and actively started submitting NEXT TO GODLINESS. The next place was Strange Chemistry, which I submitted on my birthday because I'm weird like that.

In June, I've submitted to about seven or eight places, including two fairly big name places and have been rejected by two.

I've decided, under the advice of a friend, to revisit publishers that previously rejected PROJECT C because said friend's point of view was "They rejected your story, not you."

So I'm going to submit to as many places as I am able until about July 2014, then I'm going to look at self-publishing the book on my own. So I hope to have NEXT TO GODLINESS out by say, December 2015. Yes, for the holiday season! Of course, if it gets picked up for publication that date goes out the window.

Meanwhile, I've got a bug up my butt about PROJECT C, namely, that I want to rewrite the thing from scratch. I wrote it in a small period of time and I've grown as a writer and a person. It needs a lot of tweaking and it's so very...I don't know a good word...indulgent? Maybe...

For example, I did start re-writing it and I scratched the first few pages right away. They were too busy lovingly building the world.

In other news, I have two more vaguely pending writing projects that I'm thinking about; a post-apocalyptic love story (I know, I know. Hey, I have a niche!) and something that's stuck with me since I was a lowercase Q.

I will keep this adventure moderately updated.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

30 Days of Comic Books Challenge - 11 to 13

Day 11 - Favourite comic book cartoon series.

Day 12 - A comic everyone should read.

Day 13 - A book you’ve read more than five times.

The answer to all of these questions is

Monday, 1 July 2013

30 Day Comic Book Challange Days 6-10

It's been a while, huh? Well, I've been uninspired, and stressing setting down a new writing project and making no headway. How fun is that?

Day 06 - Most annoying character.
This one has stalled me for weeks!
Finally I decided on an old classic.
Cyclops is a weenie. I never could root for him. Ever.

Day 07 - Favourite comic couple.
This might surprise everyone but...
Cynthia/Winston from Poison Elves.

Cynthia is a healer elf for the thieves guild and Winston is a tattoo bearing human monster hunter with a boy's name. Together they get locked up in a jail for a few days and click. But Cynthia doesn't know if Winston is into girls...
It was really brief and I would have loved to see where it went before Drew Hayes passed away. But honestly? I think it had the most 'realistic' feel to it out of any Poison Elves relationship.

Day 08 - Best series being published right now.
Deadpool. I'm actually finding comics to be pretty lacking right now.

Day 09 - Most touching comic book/comic book scene.
The final issue of The Maxx, the nail-clipper scene. Not ashamed to say I cried a bit.

Day 10 - Dream Vs match.



can come too.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

30 Day Comic Book Challenge - Day 3,4,5

The answer to Day 2 is...

Mr Gone

Mr. Gone from The Maxx.

Now, I failed to update this over the last few days so let's just get them all out of the way.

Day 03 - A comic that is underrated.

Yep. I was going to just put all of the Darkwing Duck comic, but Crisis on Infinite Darkwings was an awesome storyline. Not only did it pay homage to great comicbook lore(Iron Duck, Rorschach Duck, silver Darkwing), but it had great visual gags (Sailormoon Darkwing, Bowlingball Darkwing), some genuine heart, and scads of continuity from the old cartoon. I actually felt something for this storyline. Sadly after this storyline the comic dipped in quality. I liked Duckthulhu but Dangerous Currency was bland

Day 04 - Your guilty pleasure comic or character.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry...
Back when my friends and I were experimenting with comics, I wasn't nearly as selective as I am now. We read anything that was in the Wizard top 10 that had a chick on the cover. Shi, Vampirella, Darkchylde, Lady Death, Gen13, Witchblade... It was the 90s, we were stupid.
I think our favourite was Darkchylde. Back when I used to read it avidly, I thought the art was beautiful. Eventually I realized it was the colouring that was beautiful and the art was kind of very ugly.
However, I...still kind of like the book.
It's over-wrought to the point of laughable, NO 17 year old girl with a body like that talks like some high-brow novelist.
But time and time again, I keep reading and re-reading the Darkness/Darkchylde crossover. I can't get enough of it. It's ridiculous, Jackie's redesign is stupid, but it just hits me in all the right parts of the brain.

Day 05 - Comic character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).
Well I've been thinking about this one for...about an hour now. And I can't think of anyone. According to my friend it's Deadpool...So...Deadpool?
Sure. I'm funny, violent, creative and a science experiment. Deadpool it is.

Monday, 20 May 2013

30 Day Comic Book Challenge - Day 2

Day 02 - Your favourite character.
As I said in the previous post Rogue used to be my favourite character, but Marvel managed to screw her up and I felt out of fangirl for her.

Then I discovered Generation-X, specifically Chamber and Penance. These were cool, awesome broken characters and appealed to my dark goth side.
I named my knife Penance, and I bought Age of X and Loners simply because of Chamber and Penance respectfully.
[caption width="300" align="alignnone"]"...I believe we are kindred spirits, you and I..."[/caption]

But then came The Maxx and with it, one Artemis Pender (Mr.) Gone. I loved his dialog and he was genuinely creepy and did a very good "man behind the curtain" shtick. Hell, I still randomly recite some of his monologues to myself. Granted, I also recite the entire Crappon Inna Hat episode too, so there's that.
[caption width="300" align="alignnone"] "Pity, I normally hate killing amnesiacs..."[/caption]

But then, I still have my Jackie Estacado posters on my wall and I adore the video games...
[caption width="200" align="alignnone"] Remember when The Darkness was a comic with a sense of humour and self-awareness?[/caption]

And Parintachin is the best thing to exist in Poison Elves, hands down. Hilarious, frightening, insightful, loyal, sports a jester's hat...
[caption width="300" align="alignnone"] "I'm your Neurosis, my boy..."[/caption]

Oh wait, how could I possibly forget the one and only Deadpool?! Hell, he's the best thing both Rob Liefeld and Canada have ever done. Ever.
[caption width="300" align="alignnone"] BULLLEEETS!![/caption]

So, let's do this: In an effort to make this more inter-active, I'll put up a poll and you have to guess which is my favourite character. I'll give you all the answer tomorrow.
Feel free to leave a comment telling me why you think they are my favourite.

So, what do you think? Who's Q's Favourite Comic Book Character? free polls 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

30 Day Comic Book Challenge - Day One

Day 01 - Your first comic book.
I had purchased comic books before, stuff like Tiny Toons or Disney Adventures but they didn't really register in my brain as comics.

So what I consider to be my first comic was X-Men Unlimited #4.

X-Men Unlimited #4

My father and I went to a tiny corner store owned by this nice Asian man named Tony. He had a small selections of comics on a rack in back. I saw one with Rogue on the cover, who at the time was my favourite character from the 90's X-Men cartoon. I was blown away by her back-story and the twists revealed in that issue. I was so glad when they adapted that story into the cartoon.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Book Review - Aku No Hana/The Flowers of Evil Vol. 1-7

The Flowers of Evil 1The Flowers of Evil 1 by Shuzo Oshimi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(This is a review of Volumes 1-7)

I discovered Aku No Hana thanks to Anime-Planet's hilarious forum thread about the adaptation sickness this series is currently going through.

Aku No Hana is the tale of a boy named Kasuga who idealized a girl named Saeki and one day he steals her gym clothes. His classmate Nakamura sees this and uses it to blackmail Kasuga, threatening to out him as a pervert.

At first I thought it would go into School Days territory which was something I was dreading because I absolutely cannot stand a single freakin' character in School Days, especially since the character Saeki seemed like a perfect pure little buttercup combination of Orihime from Bleach and Kotonoha from School Days. Luckily, it veered from that direction, or maybe it didn't and I just didn't hate these characters...

Or maybe it's because it takes it time revealing the actual people behind the characters. Kasuga thinks of Saeki as this pure angel, his muse, chaste and perfect, and the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes he's wrong. The story takes it's time doing that, as opposed to, once again, School Days where Makoto was just a wishy-washy indecisive horny prat who played games with the girls.

I powered through all 7 volumes over the course of a day and I really quite enjoyed it. It's a twisted love triangle done...compliantly. I still am not a fan of the desperate wailing ball of naivete that is Saeki, and Volume 7's story just isn't as interesting as the previous 6 but all in all I'm quite enjoying it.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Art: NecroRaver: The Plushest Little Sociopath by TheHeartOfFriendship

NecroRaver: The Plushest Little Sociopath by ~TheHeartOfFriendship on deviantART


tHoF Says: "This is her fantastic and totally awesome character NecroRaver, who I have had the pleasure to RP with.

This is by far my favorite plush to make because he has many details:

He is very thin so his body is not stuffed completely
He's got a belly button, happy tail, and well...a butt line
His arm and his clothes are removable

And do I have to mention those adorable eyebrows?

NecroPlusher rides a lion
PlushoRaver rides MewTwo"

She takes commissions! Get one! Get your own little character to cuddle! You know you want one!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Killing The Darlings

While waiting for publishers and agents to give me the expected rejections, I dusted off ELVEN LACRYMENT but only because I learned that the comic book POISON ELVES is coming back in March and there are not enough words to express my excitement and elation! So, inspired, I've been poking at ELVEN LACRYMENT. Thankfully I got through a soul-crushing chunk of the story that really showed a certain character in quite a vile and unsympathetic light.

Today I met someone, a fellow POISON ELVES fan, and I offered to do some crossover art with his elf Dorian, and ShadowWolf.

And as I sketched ShadowWolf, I reflected on the many, many years I've had her and the multiple times I shaved things from her back story to make her less super-special and "Bad-ass". And as she travels along with her trusty wolf companion Xanther, with elves named Issues, Junkers and Suicide at her side. I can't help but think that it's time to kill the darling.

New name, new clothes, new back story.

ShadowWolf comes from a culture where parents are honoured through the names of their children. Her mother had abilities to speak with dogs and therefore ShadowWolf inherited that name. So I can chalk her name up to 'culture' and leave it at that but I still have problems with the story and character that make me wiggle.

Like her pet wolf.

But she needs someone to talk to, to play off of, to give her companionship. But having a wolf is so
cliche. Especially with the rise of the popularity of A Song of Ice and Fire/A Game of Thrones

Over the years ShadowWolf has had many little quirks that I built up for the sake of awesomeness that I had to tear down in preparation for ELVEN LACRYMENT back in 2005.

My three main inspirations for ELVEN LACRYMENT were POISON ELVES, FLIGHT OF DRAGONS and an aborted campaign of DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS along with the videogames Warcraft, Diablo and Heretic.

ShadowWolf was my D&D character, Issues came out of the blue, Suicide came after I had read POISON ELVES, which is obvious as he's probably the most Drew Hayes-esque out of the bunch(Guns, piercings, fishnets...). Junkers came after I went to a ren-fest. Not a Tolkien among them.

While I've been writing this entry I've been discussing my problems with friends and they brought up good counter-arguments regarding my doubts. Besides, as I write ELVEN LACRYMENT, the characters tend to point out eachother's flaws anyway. Some more than others.

I don't know. I can't help but think that since I've matured as a story teller, that she too must mature as a character.

Or I could finish the manuscript and then start all over from scratch.

Monday, 28 January 2013

A Game of Sevens

I found this on my Livejournal friend's list via DarkPhoenixRisn and thought it would be a fun thing to do.

Writers, to go to page 7 or 77 in their current manuscript, count down 7 lines, copy the next 7 lines and paste them to their status, and then tag 7 writer friends to do the same. (Note: Screw tagging. Do this if you want, or not. Both work.)

Next to Godliness, Page 77.
“I...I wish to love you, and for you to love me.” He frowned. Anubis was not a creature of words that were unrehearsed. He knew tradition, scripts. He rested a hand on his breast. “Please, I have nothing else to offer you,” It was in his nature to simply dig a heart from a being's chest and he himself was not an exception. His golden claws dipped past the blackness of his fur and beneath the protective cage of his bones, he grabbed the organ, felt it pump...

Friday, 25 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

Book Review: John Dies At the End

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)John Dies at the End by David Wong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think I have a new favourite book.

Let's start again.
I'm a fairly avid reader of, it's my favourite comedy website. But the funny thing is I never check to see who wrote what articles. I prefer to think of Cracked as a faceless pool of hilarity. I don't want to get to know the columnists, though Seanbaby makes it impossible to avoid the fact that he is Seanbaby.

So the fact that JDatE was written by a Cracked columnist bore no weight with my desire to read it. In fact, I can't remember what compelled me to read it other than my friend saying it was amazing but by then I had already wanted to read it.

Over the weekend I powered through the last 60 pages while out and about in the real world. I even read in a moving vehicle which usually makes me sick. I wanted to finish it just to see where it all went.

Finally, yesterday at around 4:30pm I read the last page, closed the book, and rested it on my lap.

And then I was confronted with a massive sensation of what now?

I realized that there was suddenly this void in my life where JDatE had been and was there no longer. My life is a little less interesting now that I've finished this book (and seen the movie). Oh sure, I could talk to people about it, but that's just rehashing the past, retreading over old memories. Expected. I want something new, something unexpected, something like when someone uses a bratwurst like a cellphone, or someone explodes into snakes, or uses a dog as a poop-gun. And you'll never know when these things will happen or if they're even happening at all.

Thankfully there's another book and soon my life will once again be filled with excitement.

This book is amazing, easily one of my favourites, so much so that on the surreal and terror scale it blew House of leaves out of the water.

Just read the book first, then watch the movie. Or don't. Just read the book.

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